PBS Kids Play Virtual World
US broadcast network PBS is making its own play for the virtual worlds market with something called PBS Kids Play, which has just launched in beta. It’s aimed at a younger age group than any of its rivals though, targeting 3-6 year-olds with games and activities designed to tie in with the early childhood curriculum. Included subjects are maths, science, language, literacy, creativity, healthy development and social studies.
The world will be stocked by characters from popular PBS TV shows, including Curious George and The Berenstain Bears. Each user gets their own room to customise, while also saving and editing their creative projects. Parents are provided with a progress chart to see what their child has been up to in each core area, and there’s a recommendations engine built in to constantly suggest new activities, based on what the child has been doing. Meanwhile, there’s a Flash player built into the PBS Kids Play application, which streams selected episodes of PBS shows.
It’ll cost $9.95 a month when it launches officially, or $79.95 for a yearly subscription.
First, it’s a download. I have not downloaded it yet, but once I do, I’ll add to this post.
From what I can see on the outside– it’s jam packed with education + fun… staple diet for PBS, who seems to have found the right cord connecting the two.
According to the site’s elevator pitch:
Here are some other gems, according to their FAQ section:
I will post more later. I don’t think they have community– which kinda turns the whole idea of “virtual world” on it’s head a bit.
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